Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Against the Wall - Julie Prestsater

Book: Against the Wall
Author: Julie Prestsater
Series: Against the Wall, #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 20th April 2012

My Rating: DNF @ 35%
Date Finished: 25th November 2020


Shelly Gelson had it all...a job teaching English at Carver High, her best friend Mel working by her side and she's engaged to her high school sweetheart Chase Marino. That is until Chase breaks her heart and leaves her for another teacher at the school. Now Shel is left broken-hearted and trying to figure out what she wants while watching Chase and the home wrecker make moon eyes at each other. Enter Matt Fuller, Shel's friend for the past 5 years and the perfect rebound. He's gorgeous, smart, funny and fits into Shel's idea of the right guy. Only problem is there may be more there than just a simple rebound. Is it a way to fill a void left by Chase, or is there more smoldering between these two friends? Find out what happens when the bell rings and the teenage drama ends and the adult drama begins. Who says being a teacher is boring? They obviously haven't met the teachers at Carver High.


I'm reading through some of my oldest remaining unread Kindle books for a while because I've been putting some of them off for years - this one has been on my Kindle since 2014 - and it is way past time I read them.

This one starts with Shelly glaring at a fellow teacher as she walks down the hallway, the teacher now dating her ex who also happened to be her first love and who she had been engaged to for two years before he finished things. Her best friend tells her she needs to get over him because he wasn't right for her and she should try to find someone else. Shelly eventually concedes the point but bases her pick of men on what beer they're drinking and ends up picking colleague and close friend Matty.

I'll be honest; I struggled with this one from the start. I never really connected with the storyline or the characters. I wasn't really feeling anything in regards to her ex, but I did agree with her friends assessment of him as being unworthy of her. The rest was very slow going and I got to about a third of the way in before any sign of an actual romance bloomed between Shelly and Matty. I think it was a little too late by then for it to snag my attention back and I kept putting it down to do other things so I finally gave it up at 35%.

It didn't really work for me, I'm afraid.

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